Public Concerts

Free Public Concert Series

LMC’s most visible face is its Public Concert Series that offers over 50 free classical music concerts from October through May by LMC member-musicians and guests. The classical music series is presented at a variety of venues throughout the Seattle metro area, including Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Public Library, Central and West Seattle Branches, University House Wallingford, Mirabella, Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center Theater and the Music Center of the Northwest in North Seattle.

These intimate, one-hour, music programs are free and open to the public. No advance tickets are required. On the day of the performance at the Frye Museum, attendees are asked to obtain a free ticket at the front desk to monitor auditorium seating.

LMC Opera: France in the 19th Century @ Seattle Public Library-Central Branch
Jan 9 @ 12:00 pm

“A l’hotel Translyvanie” from Manon by Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

Molly Tomlinson, soprano as Pousette
Regina Thomas, soprano as Javotte
Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano as Rosette

“Je suis encour tout etourdie” from Manon by Jules Massenet

Molly Tomlinson,soprano as Manon

“Va! laisse couler mes larmes” from Werther by Jules Massenet

Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano as Charlotte

“Salut, splendeur du jour” (Brunehild’s awakening) from Sigurd by Ernest Reyer (1823-1909)

Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano as Brunehild

“D’amour l’ardente flame” from La Damnation de Faust by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

Diane Althaus, mezzo-soprano as Marguerite

“Je veux vivre” from Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Molly Tomlinson, soprano as Juliette

“Ah! Quell diner” (grisette) from La Perichole by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

Janene Nelson, mezzo-soprano as Perichole

“j’en prendrai un, deux, trois” from Pomme d’api by Jacques Offenbach

Molly Tomlinson, soprano as Catherine (Pomme d’api)

“Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour” (Barcarolle) from Les Contes d’Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach

Diane Althaus, soprano as Giulietta
Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano as Nicklausse

Abigail Habegger, piano
Regina Thomas, Stage Direction and Commentary

La Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc @ West Seattle Library
Jan 13 @ 3:00 pm

La voix humaine (The Human Voice) by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

a forty-minute, one-act opera
Arranged for soprano and piano

Synopsis: a woman’s last conversation with the lover who has left her for another.

Emily Riesser, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano

LMC Opera: Mozart Masterpieces @ West Seattle Library
Feb 10 @ 3:00 pm

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by W.A. Mozart, select scenes

No. 1 Zu Hilfe! zu Hilfe! sonst bin ich verloren (Help, Help or I am lost!)
No. 2 Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (The birdcatcher I am indeed)
No. 3 “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön”  (This likeness is enchantingly lovely)
No. 7 Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen (In men, who feel love)

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart, select scenes

“Voi che sapete” (You who know)
“Venite inginochchiatevi” (Come kneel down)

Così fan tutte (Women are like that), select scenes

From Act I
No. 2 “Al fato dan legge quegli occhi” (To fate he leaves in those eyes)
No. 4 “Ah, guarda sorella” (Ah, look sister)
No. 11 “Ah, scostati…Smanie implacabili” (Ah, leave me….Implacable restlessness)
No. 12 “In uomini, in soldati sperar fedeltà?” (In men, in soldiers you hope for fidelity?)
No. 14 “Temerari…Come scoglio” (Audacious ones…Like a rock)
No. 16 “Un aura amorosa” (A breath of love)
From Act II
No. 19 “Una donna a quindici anni” (Any girl of 15 years)
No. 23 “Il core vi dono” (My heart I give you)
No. 26. “Donne mie la fate a tanti” (Women who would do that to me)

Meg Daly, Ya-Li Lee and Emily Riesser, sopranos
Jesse Nordstrom (guest artist), tenor
Darrell J. Jordan (guest artist), baritone
Joan Lundquist, piano
Regina Thomas, stage direction and commentary

Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine & Spanish songs @ Music Center of the Northwest
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

La voix humaine (The Human Voice) by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

a forty-minute, one-act opera
Arranged for soprano and piano

Synopsis: a woman’s last conversation with the lover who has left her for another.

Emily Riesser, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano


“De los alamos vengo, madre” (I have been by the poplars, mother) by Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
Two Songs from the Canciones Amatorias (Love songs) Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
1. Mañanica era (Mañanica was)
2. Llorad, corazon (Weep, heart)
“Danza Española #5” by Enrique Granados
“Adela” by Joaquin Rodrigo
“Solo las flores” (Only the flowers) from Combat del Somni by Frederico Mompou (1893-1987)
“D’España vengo” (From Spain I come) from El Niño Judio by Pablo Luna (1879-1942)
“El cant dels ocells” (The song of the birds) traditional, arr. by Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002)
“Cancion al arbol del olvido” (Song of the tree of oblivion) by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
“Qué te importa que no vengo?” (What do you care that I do not come?) from Los Claveles by José Serrano

Diane Althaus, soprano
Joan Lundquist, piano
Erika Pierson, cello

LMC Opera: The Beauty of Bel Canto @ Crossroads Community Center
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm

“O nume tutelar” from La Vestale by Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851)

“Una voce poco fa” from Il barbiere di Siviglia by Giaochino Rossini (1792-1868)

“O quante volte and Act I duet” from I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)

“Al dolce guidami” from Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

“Mira, o Norma” from Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

” Regnava nel Silenzio” from Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti

“Saria possibile” from Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti

Katie Hochman, Clarice Alfonso and Lori Williams, sopranos

Victoria Chaussee, mezzo-soprano

Janene Nelson, direction and narration

Joan Lundquist, piano

LMC Opera: Europe in the 20th Century @ Mirabella
May 19 @ 3:30 pm

Opera Scenes and arias performed with staging and costumes

Music by Ravel, Britten, Strauss and others.

Regina Thomas, stage direction and commentary